Governor encourages Utahns to shop local on Small Business Saturday

Encouraging Utahns to shop local during the busiest retail season of the year, Gov. Gary R. Herbert declared Nov. 26, 2016 as Small Business Saturday in Utah.

“Small business are an integral part of our economy,” Gov. Herbert said. “I am proud that Utah is consistently ranked among the most small-business-friendly states in the nation. This holiday season, I encourage Utahns to support local businesses by shopping small.”

This year, small business owners in Utah gave the Beehive State an A+ for small business friendliness for the fifth year in a row and an A+ for ease of starting a business, according to an annual survey from

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 to assist neighborhood stores, restaurants and other local businesses in rallying residents to support small businesses in their communities. There are more than 250,000 small businesses in Utah, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Beehive State has an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent compared the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent and is the fourth-fastest state for total job growth.

Click here to read the declaration.

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